Maeshowe


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Maeshowe

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Maes Howe

(mās`hou), prehistoric monument, on Mainland in the Orkney Islands, off N Scotland, near Stenness (see Stenness, Loch ofStenness, Loch of
, lake on Mainland island, in the Orkneys, off N Scotland. A headland between Harray and Stenness lochs holds the Standings Stones of Stenness, a ring of flat slabs surrounded by a ditch and bank (henge); it dates from before c.2500 B.C.
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). A passage grave with a corbeled vault, it measures 115 ft (35 m) in diameter and 23 ft (7 m) high. It dates to the early 3d millennium B.C. A runic inscription on the wall records a 12th-century Viking visit.
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Stone Choral/Vocal Mezzo-soprano and orchestra; Litany: Runes Viking runic inscriptions on from a House of the walls of Maeshowe tomb, the Dead, op.
429), so while visitors may still enter Cuween unsupervised, access to the much larger Maeshowe now requires a timed ticket, bought in advance.
There is an amazing one in Orkney that I visited called Maeshowe, which has a burial chamber.
8220;It looks like an ancient American version of Maeshowe from the outside - the famous Neolithic burial mound in Orkney,” said Duncan.
Next day I turned back the clock a few millennia to find out about Orkney's Neolithic history, which includes the great henges of Brodgar and Stenness and the magnificent chambered tombs of Maeshowe.
A place of stone circles, villages and burial monuments, several monuments on Orkney are part of The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site (WHS) including the Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge, Maeshowe, Skara Brae and the Standing Stones of Stenness.
The "house of stone" probably conjures in most minds the image of a passage grave or chamber tomb, with a vaulted stone burial chamber of walk-in dimensions, something like the Neolithic Maeshowe cairn in Orkney, perhaps.
She includes Mesolithic and early Neolithic times, Skara Brae, Maeshowe burials, the Ring of Brodgar, the Bronze and Iron Ages, the coming and going of peoples into the 20th century, and the arrival of antiquarians and archaeologists.
There are discussions of single sites: Henley's thought-provoking paper draws our attention to the similarities between Callanais and tombs such as Maeshowe (it would be worth getting the spelling of these sites right
The tomb of Maeshowe is to many the star of ancient Orkney.